French Open Best Bets for June 10
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (-170) vs. Tamara Zidansek (+132) Total: 21.5
Pavlyuchenkova has had herself a spring. In fact, it’s hard to argue that anyone’s clay season has been better. Even though she’s played just 11 matches, the World No. 32 has toppled some of the biggest names in the sport, plowing through Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova and Karolina Muchova in Madrid before falling in the semis, then running through Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka in back-to-back matches here in Paris.
While it’s hard to argue Zidansek’s path to the semifnial was any easier, there’s something to be said for a player that’s simply in over their head at this point in the tournament. Zidansek has done well to get herself in the Top 50, but this should be where the run ends. Her forehand is phenomenal, but the counter-punching skills of Pavlyuchenkova and her expert composure should see her through this match.
I’m going to be putting my trust into a veteran who’s been in many Grand Slam quarterfinals before, who has always had massive talent. Though Zidansek should have the biggest weapon on the court, the mental aspect of the game is the biggest factor at this stage.
Edge: Pavlyuchenkova -170
Barbora Krejcikova (+140) vs. Maria Sakkari (-180) Total: 21.5
Like Zidansek, Sakkari will be playing in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time, but it’s hard to say she doesn’t have experience in the spotlight. The Greek has battled some of the game’s finest talents, and taking out a player as hot as Iga Swiatek, even if she was injured, was a massive accomplishment. Her trials and tribulations at Slams over the years are finally coming to a head, and her massive game is ready to bring her to new heights.
Sakkari’s incredible strength and relentless rallying is what makes clay the best surface for her. She wears her opponents down, though Krejcikova hasn’t been one of them. The two had one main-draw meeting in Dubai this year, which the World No. 33 won. That was on a hardcourt, and on clay I think this story will have a different ending.
Krejcikova’s game is all about finesse and strategy, coming from a doubles background. Though this normally works for her on the clay, she rarely has to deal with amount of pace that Sakkari is able to produce. I expect her to get hit off the court by the Greek, who wins in commanding fashion.
Edge: Sakkari -2.5 Games (-120)
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